Two famous, firsthand accounts of the holy war in the Middle Ages translated by Caroline Smith
Originally composed in Old French, the two chronicles brought together here offer some of the most vivid and reliable accounts of the Crusades from a Western perspective. Villehardouin’s Conquest of Constantinople, distinguished by its simplicity and lucidity, recounts the controversial Fourth Crusade, which descended into an all-out attack on the Eastern Christians of Byzantium.
In Life of Saint Louis, Joinville draws on his close attachment to King Louis IX of France to recall his campaigning in the Holy Land. Together these narratives comprise a fascinating window on events that, for all their remoteness, offer startling similarities to our own age.
Published on 31 May 2009.
Published by: Penguin Classics
A milestone in the English literature concerning Islam, A History of the Prophets of Islam is the fruit of nearly ten years of scholarly research.
In this unique work, the Quranic narratives concerning such prophets as Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Lot, Joseph, Job as well as the Arab prophets of the same time frame: Hud, Saleh, and Shuayb are supplemented with relevant ahadith and the interpretations of classical and contemporary scholars.
Hundreds of footnotes, occasional appendices and maps add detail and color to the text. This work reflects a traditional Islamic understanding of the Messengers of God and their role in shaping human civilisations.
Published in 2002.
Dimensions: 6 inches (width) x 8.9 inches (height).
A History of the Prophets of Islam, Volume 1: Dreived from the Quran, Ahadith and Commentaries (ISBN: 9781871031119) and A History of the Prophets of Islam, Volume 2: Derived from the Quran, Ahadith and Commentaries (ISBN: 9781930637191).
Among world religions Islam is privileged with a unique vision of statecraft and interstate relations, founded by the Prophet (PBUH) himself and considerably developed during the reign of the pious caliphs.
This only means that unlike modern diplomacy this concept of interstate relations was part of a greater system founded upon essentially ethical principles.
The author, Dr. Afzal Iqbal, who fortunately combines scholarship with a long career as a diplomat, has gone into details about the earliest structure of diplomacy in Islam.
This unique study makes a very interesting reading and leads to a profound perception of the subject by highlighting its different contours, the importance of which could only be perceived by one who has been a diplomat all through his own career.
The style is lucid and erudition remarkable,
Published in 1988.
The fall of Jerusalem in 1099 to an army of exhausted and starving western European soldiers was one of the most extraordinary events in history—with a legacy that remains controversial more than nine centuries later. This remarkable collection contains firsthand accounts from the knights, religious leaders, and peasants who experienced the First Crusade in all its cruelty and strangeness.
Edited with an introduction and notes by one of the foremost experts on the Crusades, Chronicles of the First Crusade is a comprehensive look at the climax of Christian fervor and the record of an ultimately futile attempt to implant a European kingdom in an overwhelmingly Muslim world.
Published on 29 May 2012.